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Finally Free

Posted on Sat Jun 20th, 2020 by Leah Reade [Mackenzie] & Chief Petty Officer Merissa Reade [Gelo]

Mission: Episode 8 - Clash of Angels
Location: Reade Household, Barcombe
Timeline: Day 5 at 1300
1205 words - 2.4 OF Standard Post Measure

The last of the check-ups for Leah had been completed and she was no longer in a wheelchair which was great. However, her leg was still bandaged and the doctors thought that it would be like that for a few more weeks.

The girl managed to locate the sofa with a great deal of effort and realized that the house was almost completely empty. "Where's Dad?" She asked. Leah figured that her brothers were probably off doing something else. Only her mother came and got her from the Medical Center.

Merissa looked at her daughter with a soft smile, "Your Dad is at work," She explained from the kitchen just before coming out. "I thought that we could spend some time together anyway." She sat down next to the young girl and Merissa held out her arms.

Leah looked at her mother for a moment before sliding all the way over and pressing against her mother's chest. She rested her head there for a moment and closed her eyes tightly. Every sort of thought was swiftly flowing through her brain as she tried to think about what had happened.

First there was the dinosaur that had hit her with its tail and then there was this. It was the strangest feeling in the world, "Mom," She said finally as she opened her eyes. Leah didn't move otherwise beyond putting her hand up onto her mother's arm.

"I'm so sorry," She said finally. Leah was being incredibly quiet for the moment as she sat there. Her voice was barely understandable as she continued to speak, "I'm so sorry that I've gotten myself into two really bad situations," She said.

Leah's eyes steadily moved so that she was looking at the base of her mother's face. "When I picked up that artifact it was because I was curious about it. I didn't know that it would hurt Dad or anyone else," She confided in her mother. "I didn't know that it was dangerous..."

Merissa smiled softly as she held onto her daughter and let her sit and speak for the moment. Once she was done then Merissa replied, "You didn't hurt anyone Leah. The artifact had control over all of your actions." She started to run her fingers along the seven-year-old's back while trying to comfort her.

Leah shook her head once, "I knew what it was doing the entire time though. At first it didn't let me see... But, then eventually it let me see everything that it was doing. I had to watch it attack Dad... I had to watch it attack Elizabeth de Planca."

She looked at her mother again for a moment before adjusting her eyes and looking out the window behind the sofa. "It was just so enticing at first, but I tried to beg it not to hurt anyone.

"It just seemed so curious about everything around it," She stated and rubbed her forehead a little bit before resting her arm again. "I cannot explain it, but it made me feel really funny everywhere." The girl said with a shrug. "It was like it was lightly tickling the center of my head."

Leah shivered as she said the words, "I can't describe it..."

Merissa kissed the top of her daughter's head as she thought about what happened that same night. She hadn't thought of anything other than Sadie since then. Her husband and children were completely unaware of what was going on.

She was also listening to what her daughter was trying to say. Merissa eventually found the words that she wanted to say, "Anyone who's ever been through what you've been through has a difficult time explaining it Leah." She said.

Merissa's voice was just as softly spoken as her daughters. She looked over at the chronometer on the wall. It was fifteen minutes after thirteen hundred hours according to it. "You don't have to talk about it until you're ready though." She told Leah.

Leah nodded, however, she wanted to talk about it. That was the only way to make her mother understand. "I was able to get glimpses of what Elizabeth was thinking. The artifact gave me insights into what was going on in the other girl's mind... How it tried to get her to side with it."

Leah furrowed her brow, "I like Elizabeth but I didn't know how conflicted she is," She said. Leah's eyes adjusted so that she was looking at her mother and she even sat up slightly. She pulled herself up a little further, but didn't rest her head onto her mother again.

"I didn't know that she thought she was better than everyone else or that she was so conflicted about her relationships with other people." Leah told her mother, "I don't even understand how a person could be that way without feeling like they were going to explode all the time."

Merissa had continued to scratch along the center of Leah's back, "Sometimes when girls and boys get older they become very conflicted. You start having these feelings about people and other things that you never knew were possible.

"Things about your body starts to change and it's a very tough time on them," Merissa explained to her daughter. "Add to it that your friend Elizabeth has been through a lot in the last year and that makes a bad situation worse.

"Growing up," Merissa said, "Can be very hard for people to go through. Someday when you're older I will explain more about it. But, for now it isn't anything to worry about."

Leah didn't know what to think about the explanation she'd been given. She knew that Elizabeth had been very conflicted, while also bottling it up deep inside of herself. She'd not spoken to Elizabeth about this because she didn't know how.

Leah didn't want to think about it further and pressed her cheek against her mother's chest once more. "I guess it's just confusing," She said and shrugged her shoulders.

Merissa smiled knowing that it only got worse the older a person got. "Sometimes life can be like riding a bull Leah," She responded softly. "You hold on as tightly as you can and then you still get thrown off." She kissed the girl's head again.

"But, then you just have to find a way to get back up and keep fighting. For the longest time this will be hard to understand," Merissa told her, "But, no matter what happens... You've got to get back up and keep fighting."

Leah nodded, "I understand." She said. In reality Leah didn't feel like she understood at all. "Mom... I don't want to grow up," She said. "I want to stay like this forever."

Merissa didn't laugh, but she did crack a smile. "I wish you didn't have to grow up either," She gently patted the girl on the back before returning to the same scratching motion. "But, neither of us really get a say on that either."

Leah smiled, "I wish we did," She answered as her eyes steadily closed. "I really wish we did..." She sighed as her breathing changed and she steadily started to drift off into a sleep as if she'd not slept in a month...


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